Media Releases

Outdoor family movie night sees through the smoke

September 17, 2018

Southwestern Public Health’s youth group – What The Health? – and Execulink Telecom will be screening a free family movie on Friday, September 21 at Southside Park in Woodstock. The Emoji Movie (2017) will be displayed on a giant inflatable screen at the base of Southside Park hill near the skate park.  Read the news release for full details.

 

Public Health seeking information about dog biting in Woodstock

September 7, 2018

Southwestern Public Health is investigating a dog biting incident that took place at Standard Tube Burgess park in Woodstock on September 6, 2018. Read the news release.

 

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Aylmer

September 7, 2018

A mosquito trap in Aylmer has tested positive for West Nile virus during routine surveillance activities by Southwestern Public Health. It is the first positive mosquito pool of the season in Elgin County.  Read the news release for full details.

 

One-day heat warning for Oxford and Elgin counties

September 4, 2018

Southwestern Public Health is issuing a heat warning in response to Environment Canada’s prediction for high temperatures tomorrow in southern Ontario. Maximum afternoon temperatures are expected to reach 32 °C with humidex values around 40 °C. Overnight low temperatures will likely remain near 20 °C providing little relief from the heat.  Read the news release for full details.

 

Blue-green algae found in Wildwood Reservoir

August 28, 2018

Perth District Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health are advising people that a bloom of blue-green algae has been detected in the Wildwood Reservoir at the Wildwood Conservation Area. Blue-green algae can produce toxins which may be harmful to health through direct contact or consumption.  Read the news release for full details.

 

Heat warning for Oxford and Elgin counties

August 27, 2018

Southwestern Public Health is issuing a heat warning in response to Environment Canada’s prediction for high temperatures in southern Ontario. Maximum afternoon temperatures are expected to reach 31 °C with humidex values around 40 °C. Overnight low temperatures will be in the low twenties providing little relief from the heat. Read the news release for full details

 

First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Oxford

August 24, 2018

Southwestern Public Health has received laboratory confirmation that an adult resident in Oxford County has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first human case to test positive for West Nile virus in Oxford County in 2018.  Read the news release for full details.

 

Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

August 7, 2018

Southwestern Public Health is alerting the public that a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus for the second time in as many weeks. A mosquito trap in Drumbo has tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance.  Read the news release for full details.

 

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Woodstock

July 30, 2018

A mosquito trap in Woodstock has tested positive for West Nile virus during routine surveillance activities by Southwestern Public Health. It is the first positive mosquito pool of the season in Oxford County.  Read the news release for full details.

 

How to prevent mosquito bites and West Nile virus

July 11, 2018

The warm summer weather often comes with an unwelcome guest: mosquitoes. Aside from the annoyance, mosquitoes can also transmit West Nile virus to humans through their bite. The 2017 season was the most active for West Nile since 2002.  Read the news release for full details.

 

Outdoor family movie night sees through the smoke

July 9, 2018

Southwestern Public Health’s youth group – What The Health? – and Execulink Telecom will be screening a free family movie on Friday, July 20 at Southside Park in Woodstock. The Emoji Movie (2017) will be displayed on a giant inflatable screen at the base of Southside Park hill near the skate park.  Read the news release for full details.
 

If you go for a swim, don’t let the germs in!

June 29, 2018

A swim is a great way to get exercise and keep cool during the summer, but care needs to be taken to reduce the hazards of recreational water illness. Recreational bodies of water, like swimming pools, splash pads and beaches, can become contaminated. If you are not feeling well, or have diarrhea, you could contaminate the water with germs like Cryptosporidium or E. coli. . Read the news release for full details.

 

Extended heat warning issued in advance of heat wave

June 28, 2018

Southwestern Public Health is issuing an extended heat warning for Oxford, Elgin and St. Thomas starting Saturday, June 30 and continuing through Tuesday, July 3. High temperatures this weekend are forecast to reach 32°C with humidex values soaring into the mid-40s, which can lead to heat-related illness for those spending time outdoors. Read the news release for full details.

 

Public Health seeking information about dog biting in Woodstock

June 28, 2018

Southwestern Public Health is investigating a dog biting incident that took place at William Grey Park on Leinster St. in Woodstock. The biting happened last Friday, June 22 at around 6:30 p.m. A person was bit by a medium-sized boxer-mix type of dog that is reddish-brown in colour and was being walked by a man.

Public Health is seeking information about the dog in order to prevent rabies treatment for the person who was bitten. Read more information in the news release.

 

Local tick tests positive for Lyme disease

June 6, 2018

Southwestern Public Health has confirmed a black-legged tick collected from the Port Burwell area has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The case should serve as a reminder for residents to protect themselves from ticks when venturing outdoors. For further details, read the news release.

 

What the Health? launches #OxfordHike4Health photo challenge

June 4, 2018

Members of What the Health? are challenging their peers to lace up their hiking shoes and spend some time exploring nature. The #OxfordHike4Health photo challenge encourages Oxford County teens to take a picture while they are out hiking or biking on one of Oxford County’s numerous trails this spring/summer for a chance to win one of three $100 Visa Gift Cards. Read the news release for full details. 

 

New Pedometer Kits and Trails Study Coming to Elgin County

May 22, 2018

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Oxford County and Elgin St. Thomas announce new health unit board, name and logo 

April 19, 2018

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Vaccine Administration Mistake at Two Schools

April 12, 2018

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Regulatory change allowing public health merger approved

April 4, 2018

The Board of Health for Elgin St. Thomas and Oxford County Council have learned that the required regulatory change to the Health Protection and Promotion Act is now approved, allowing the legal merger of the two health units to proceed.

 

Published today on the Government of Ontario’s e-Laws website, the regulatory change marks the final procedural step for the merger, following an earlier legislative amendment to the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act in December 2017. The regulatory approval sets out the health unit’s legal or incorporated name, the geographical boundaries of the communities it will serve, municipal board membership, and the effective legal date of the merger, May 1, 2018.

In fact, we understand that the work of integrating our operations will take several months to unfold. Leadership at both organizations continues to work through this process to ensure that the changeover to our new health unit is planned and orderly, with respect for and responsiveness to the needs of the approximately 204,000 people we serve and our combined 180 employees.

We extend thanks to our communities for their support; to our senior leaders for their work in advancing the merger; and to the members of the new Transition Governance Committee, who have assumed interim oversight responsibility as we continue this path. With this final step of our legislative and regulatory process in place, we look forward to sharing further updates with you in the coming weeks.  A backgrounder is available for anyone interested.

Issued by:

Bernie Wiehle                                                                      David Mayberry
Chair, Board of Health for Elgin St. Thomas                       Warden, Oxford County    

Media contacts:

Tommasina Conte                                                       Tiffany Terpstra                                              
Oxford County Public Health                                       Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
519.539.9800, ext. 3503                                             519.631.9900, ext. 1308                                
Toll-free: 1-800-755-0394                                           Toll-free: 1-800-922-0096      
tconte@oxfordcounty.ca                                             tterpstra@elginhealth.on.ca                           

 

 

‘Knowledge is Testing- Radon Study’ 

February 5, 2018

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Smoke is Smoke

January 22, 2018

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Elgin St. Thomas and Oxford County boards approve next
steps in health unit merger 

January 11, 2018

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More Cold Weather This Week Prompts Cold Weather Statement

January 3, 2018

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Outdoor ice rinks to make a return to Elgin St. Thomas this winter.  

December 28, 2017

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Spread Cheer Not Whooping Cough this Holiday Season

December 13, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas and Oxford County health units announce intent to merge

November 10, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Issues a Media Release re: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

October 27, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Issues Notice about Local Influenza (Flu) Activity

October 20, 2017

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ESTPH calls for Smoke-Free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing Enviroments for Fire Prevention Week.

October 10, 2017

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New Trails and Sidewalks Make St. Thomas a Walkable Community

October 4, 2017

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Extended Heat Warning 

September 25, 2017

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Heat Warning 

September 23, 2017

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Public Warning for Viewing Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

August 18, 2017

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Port Stanley Main Beach Showing Higher Levels of Bacteria

August 11, 2017

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Port Stanley Main Beach Showing Higher Levels of Bacteria

August 4, 2017

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First Heat Warning of 2017 

June 9, 2017

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Quit Stories

May 1, 2017

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Age Friendly Community Plan

April 21, 2017 

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National Immunization Awareness Week 2017

April 19, 2017

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The “Great Big Gulp” makes its debut in Elgin elementary schools to celebrate making tap water the go-to drink for good health.

March 20, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas Public Health launches “wouldurather…” to support young adults to become smoke free

January 18, 2017

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Local Resident Tests Positive for Lyme Disease -

August 22, 2016

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Rabies Positive Bat in St. Thomas - St. Thomas, Ontario 

July 22, 2016

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